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Guide for Teaching and Research in Medical and Health Humanities: Reference and Books

Guide for Critical Medical Humanities Courses

About This Guide

This library resource guide has been created to support teaching and research associated with Colby's 2021-24 Public Humanistic Inquiry Lab (PHIL). The PHIL supports the work of faculty and students who are critically exploring the intersections between medicine and race. 



The content includes:

  • Reference materials for background and introductory information
  • Books
  • Journals for finding research articles
  • Databases for searching journals, images, and other digitized content
  • Primary sources in collections at and beyond Colby
  • Visual resources
  • Public collections for images, reports, records, and much more


Questions on resources or getting started with a research project? Contact Kara Kugelmeyer at

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Reference Materials

Reference materials are defined as fact-based sources that provide background information or quick facts on any given topic. There are many different types of resources, such as: atlases, bibliographies, biographical resources, dictionaries, encyclopedias  statistics, etc.

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